Keys to the city

A piano outside of Kieran's featured in the Pianos on Parade project. Photo by Sarah McKenzie

As part of a new Pianos on Parade program, 25 pianos painted in a variety of styles celebrating downtown have been placed at various locations.

People are invited to play them and performances have been lined up over the lunch hour on Tuesdays.

Noted Minnesota pianist Lorie Line kicked off the initiative with a performance Wednesday at a piano placed near Kieran’s Irish Pub in Mayo Clinic Square.

“Our city is full of musical talent, and downtown is the perfect place to showcase it,” said Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing for the Minneapolis Downtown Council. “Pianos on Parade will not only add to the vibrancy of our downtown, but it will offer a chance for everyone to use them. The community is encouraged to share the gift of music by playing the pianos this June.”

The Pianos on Parade program will also be part of Make Music Twin Cities — a free music celebration on the summer solstice, June 21.

Keys 4/4 Kids, a St. Paul-based nonprofit focused on inspiring young people to get involved in the arts, is also involved in the project.

For a list of piano locations, go to

A piano in Peavey Plaza. Photo by Sarah McKenzie